Find Out Why This Doctor Thinks You Need to Think About your Breathing.
Part 1: The Importance of Breathing
Breathing’s simplicity caused it to be forgotten as an important piece of the healthcare puzzle. Today, a medical doctor in Manila reemphasizes its importance.
People have survived without food for as much as 40 days. Without oxygen, they can only survive for a few minutes. This statement says a lot about the role of oxygen in the body. The correct oxygenation in the body can give one relief that food or medicine can only bring in hours.
Many health programs emphasizes food, fluids, or pills. This emphasis overshadows the important aspect that breathing plays in our health.
IMPORTANCE OF BREATHING
The importance of breathing in our daily life is highlighted by newborns who learn to breathe first before they learn to suck milk. Breathing’s simplicity has caused it to be forgotten as an important piece of the healthcare puzzle. Today, a medical doctor in Manila reemphasizes its importance.
Meet Dr. Charles Edward Florendo. A medical doctor whose interest in breathing and hyperventilation has brought him to different continents. “Doctors today are starting to recognize the role of correct breathing in our daily health”, he says. Dr. Florendo has been giving lectures on proper breathing to doctors and healthcare providers in the USA, Africa, and the Philippines. “Doctors are often asked by patients about breathing techniques they read on the internet, thus more doctors are becoming more interested in them.”
TAKEN FOR GRANTED
Breathing is thought to be automatic and doesn’t go wrong unless a lung problem exists. When people think of breathing disorders, they usually think of conditions like asthma, COPD, or pneumonia. The truth is that breathing disorders can also occur if the lungs are used in an inappropriate manner.
A breathing disorder can cause people to have recurring colds, back pain, fatigue, or even hyperacidity. Some have chest pain, numbness, snoring, and/or poor sleep. Studies have shown that a correlation exists with anxiety and some of these persons have palpitations. Despite medications, these problems keep coming back. In the worst of cases, these is difficulty of breathing and even loss of consciousness. You may read about the triggers of hyperentilation here.
For many people, they seem to be healthy only that they suffer from these periodic symptoms. Others, experience these symptoms when they stop exercising. There are also diseases which are suspected to be linked to wrong breathing patterns. These include asthma, COPD, hypertension, rhinitis, chronic fatigue, hyperventilation syndrome, dysfunctional breathing, and even cancer.
NORMAL LABORATORY TESTS
When breathing patterns are not optimal, most laboratory tests still come out normal. People who suffer from this type of breathing problem can be given a clean bill of health after thorough laboratory testing. When a few abnormalities show up, these cannot explain the problems fully. They are usually told that it their condition is simply “Stress” or “Over fatigue”.
Respiration is a complex event. Proper regulation of breathing improves internal respiration. This means our body’s cells receive more oxygen. With improved oxygenation, these cells produce more energy, digest food more efficiently, and reduce production of unnecessary chemicals responsible for stress and allergies. This results in resolution of many symptoms and better health for anyone.
FIGHTS STRESS, IMPROVES PERFORMANCE
Breathing is at the core of many oriental arts used to fight stress. We are experiencing rising popularity of yoga, meditation, and similar wellness products that clearly have emphasis on some form of breathing. The effectiveness of these programs vary.
There are other more modern approaches to these today. These modern approaches apply scientific principles. One such approach is breathing retraining.
In part 2 of this article, we discuss how to improve your breathing through breathing retraining. You may read it here.
This article was written by Charles Florendo
Buteyko Clinic International and a consultant at Mary Chiles General Hospital (Philippines) and the Clinica Salutare (Philippines). He lives in
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